2nd Indian River Lagoon Health Update Report Card Release Includes Tributaries!
Local non-profit organization, the Marine Resources Council of East Florida (MRC) teams with Applied Ecology Inc. to release the second comprehensive health analysis of the entire Indian River Lagoon (IRL). This report also includes water quality data of 11 streams connected to the estuary to help identify and target pollution sources flowing into the lagoon.
It is common knowledge that the health of the lagoon is in peril. With over 20 years of data provided by the governing state water management districts, we can now grade the improvement or decline in the water quality and health of the system. The aim is for our coastal community to have accountability and use this report card as a tool to help guide future restoration efforts and policy moving forward in improving the water quality of the failing IRL.
The latest data has been collected and packaged, now MRC needs your help to deliver this vital information to our community. The goal is to raise over $50,000 in the next couple months to deploy the report card to lagoon community residents. Donors are invited to the early release party of the report card at Djon’s Steak & Lobster House, Melbourne Beach. Is the lagoon’s health improving or not? We hope you will join us for this historic lagoon health event.
Djon’s Love Our Lagoon Foodie & Wine Tasting Benefit for the IRL Report Card, Saturday, November 23, 2019 (11:30 AM – 2:00 PM EST)
Location: Djon’s Steak & Lobster House at 522 Ocean Avenue, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
Audience: Open to the general public.
Fee: Ticketed Event, $100 per attendee. Please purchase tickets at https://djonlovesourlagoon.eventbrite.com/?aff=pr or call 321.725.7775.
Ticket includes: social mixer with an array of complimentary food tastings and delectable wine tastings, live music, artisan rain barrel auction, early preview of the 2nd Indian River Lagoon Health Update Report Card, & showcase of MRC programs to help save the lagoon.
Menu: Food tastings will be served at food stations.
• Filet Beef tip in mushroom Diane Sauce
• Chicken with pesto & bacon in pastry
• Baked Brie with citrus glaze & fresh berry sauce in puff pastry
• Mini Crab cakes with smoked tomato Remoulade
• Steak House Meatballs in spicy marinara
• Tomato & Mozzarella Skewers with a balsamic vinaigrette
• Chilled shrimp with cocktail sauce
• Deviled Eggs
• Oyster Rockefeller
• Assorted cube cheese with crostini
• For event updates and to join the buzz on our Facebook event page visit https://www.facebook.com/events/448536852470241/.
• View last year’s IRL Report Card at https://savetheirl.org/irl-health-update/2018-irl-report/.
• IRL Health Update Presentations by MRC’s Executive Director Dr. Leesa Souto are available. For bookings or inquires please contact Steve at SharkeyMRC@gmail.com.
Now seeking donors and sponsors to help fund the IRL Health Update Report. (The report is funded primarily by family foundations and individual donors.) Please contribute online at http://bit.ly/2vX0xIY, or mail donation check payable to Marine Resources Council at 3275 Dixie Highway, Palm Bay, FL 32905.
Established in 1983, the Marine Resources Council of East Florida, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to improve water quality and to protect and restore the fish and wildlife resources of the Indian River Lagoon, coastal waters, inshore reefs, and the watershed by advocating and using sound science, education, and the involvement of the public at large. MRC is a donor and grant base funded organization. For more information please visit SaveTheIRL.org or call 321-725-7775.
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